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CMU Portugal

Overview

The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program is an education, research, and innovation platform that connects Portuguese research institutions, universities and companies in cooperation with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The partnership, which is funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, fosters the development of an international ecosystem of talent development, knowledge creation, and innovation in emerging areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

The key instruments of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program are: talent development of faculty, students and professionals from the industry, through dual degree Ph.D. and Professional Masters programs, and a faculty exchange program; research and innovation in potentially commercializable technologies, through multidisciplinary projects carried out by integrated teams from universities and companies, with an orientation towards new products and services for international markets; and industry collaboration through an Industry Affiliates program. These instruments are applied in focused areas of ICT where Portugal can gain competitive advantages, continuously under discussion in the scientific and industrial communities.

The CMU Portugal Program involves the universities represented by the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities, together with a large number of research centers, companies and Carnegie Mellon University.

The involvement of IST/UL in the CMU Portugal Program is focused on doctoral degrees and research projects. The doctoral programs are dual degree programs, i.e., the graduates of these programs receive two degrees: one awarded by CMU and one awarded by IST/UL alone or in association with other Portuguese University. As such, the programs are structured to satisfy the degree requisites of all the Universities involved.

CMU-Portugal Activities at IST

Within the CMU Portugal Program, IST/UL is involved in the following research areas and dual doctoral programs.

Doctoral Program in Computer Science

The Doctoral Program in Computer Science is offered by the Department of Computer Science at CMU and by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IST/UL; MAP-I consortium, composed of the Universidade do Minho Universidade de Aveiro, and Universidade do Porto; Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade de Coimbra; Faculdade de Ciências of the Universidade de Lisboa, and Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Doctoral Program in Computer Science – Information Security

The Doctoral Program in Computer Science – Information Security is offered by the Department of Computer Science at CMU and by IST/UL.

Doctoral Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Doctoral Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering is specially focused on Networked Sensor, Communication, and Decision Systems, offered by CMU and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at IST/UL.

Doctoral Program in Engineering and Public Policy

The Ph.D. Program in Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) focuses on the technological and policy issues that arise when designing, developing, implementing and managing networked infrastructures, with specializations in networked industries such as Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Energy Networks. It is offered jointly by IST/UL and the EPP Department at CMU, with collaboration from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Doctoral Program in Language Technology

The Doctoral Program in Language Technology is offered by the Language Technology Institute of the School of Computer Science of CMU. The dual degree awarded at IST/UL is in Electrical and Computer Engineering or in Information Systems and Computer Engineering.

Doctoral Program in Mathematics

The Doctoral Program in Mathematics is offered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences at CMU and by the Departments of Mathematics at IST/UL; Faculdade de Ciências of the Universidade de Lisboa; and Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Doctoral Program in Technological Change and Entrepreneurship

The Doctoral Program in Technological Change and Entrepreneurship is offered through the SETChange Program at CMU. It involves the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, the Heinz School and the Tepper School at CMU, together with the Department of Engineering and Management at IST/UL and the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Program coordinator

Doctoral Program in Computer Science Prof. José Monteiro
Doctoral Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering Prof. João Paulo Costeira
Doctoral Program in Engineering and Public Policy Prof. Manuel Heitor
Doctoral Program in Language Technology Prof.ª Isabel Trancoso
Doctoral Program in Mathematics Prof. Diogo Gomes
Doctoral Program in Technological Change and Entrepreneurship Prof. Rui Baptista

Applying to the program

Doctoral programs

The dual degree doctoral programs are structured so that students spend part of their time at CMU (40%) and the remainder in Portugal (60%). Students will be supervised by one faculty from CMU and one from IST/UL or from another Portuguese Partner University and must satisfy the requirements of all the Universities involved in order to obtain the degree.

Upon successful completion of the Program, a Ph.D. is awarded by a CMU College and a Ph.D. is awarded by IST/UL alone or in association with one or more Portuguese Partner Universities.

In order to apply, candidates must follow the guidelines in the web page of the corresponding Program. In addition, a mail message should be sent to the Program Coordinator at IST/UL indicating that the application was submitted. Look above for the links to the web page of each program and for the mail address of the Program Coordinator at IST/UL.

PhD Grants

A limited number of Ph.D. grants will be offered by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) to interested candidates wishing to enroll as doctoral students in these programs.